I have gotten to the point where I look at every Costco box, coffee filter, used pickle jar or old T-shirt and think, “What can I make out of this?”
My new rush of do-it-yourself confidence has made for many cart-before-the-horse scenarios. The pillowcase dress looked easy, but meant I had to learn to sew; the cake pops looked yummy, but meant I had to learn to bake; and this project meant I had to use power tools — for the first time.
It all started when I was pulling out of the Costco parking lot with a trunk full of goodies. I passed a stack of worn-out wood pallets with a hot pink spray-painted “free” label on it.
I drove past it until my new Pinterest persona barked for me to turn around: “I could use those for something!”
So, there I was, off a busy road, high heels and all, trying to lift these dirty, heavy wood pallets into the back of my diaper- and dog-food-loaded SUV.
Later that evening, not only was my husband questioning the pile of pallets, but he looked at me like, “You have got to be kidding,” when I told him I wanted to make a toy crate out of them. I added that he would need to instruct me in using his tools, including his precious chop saw.
A few project days later, my husband’s patience was still intact, no tools were broken and a vintage toy crate was born.
I was left with a few splinters, broken nails and even more confidence, which then prompted me to tackle the sewing machine. Honestly, the chop saw was easier.
The project was moderately simple with the coaching of my husband and cost less than $10.
Ladies, if I can do it, you can do it; husbands, forgive me if I just motivated your wives to touch your tools.
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How-To Vintage Toy Crate
Need: reclaimed wood pallets, pry bar, measuring tape, pencil, hammer, drill and bits, nails, screws, chop saw,
random orbital sander, wood glue, four caster wheels; stencil, paint or Sharpie pen
4 full-dimension 2-by-4-inch boards, 24 inches long
2 full-dimension 2-by-4-inch boards, 16 inches long
6 1-by-4-inch boards, 24 inches long (sizes will vary depending on pallet)
2 1-by-6-inch boards, approximately 16 inches long (adjust length to fit inside side boards)
2 1-by-4-inch boards, approximately 16 inches long (adjust length to fit inside side boards)
4 1-by-1-inch boards, 18 inches long